Vision Care Technology
The following is a list of skills/competencies that each student will develop upon successful completion of each vision care course.
OPTS 1311 - The Visual System (3-0)
- describe the sense of vision and the development of the human eye from conception;
- list the major anatomical parts of the eye, the adnexa, and the visual system and describe their functions;
- define and discuss refractive errors, disorders, and diseases of the eye and their causes and treatments;
- list and describe various tests performed by ophthalmic assistants and instruments and devices utilized to facilitate the detection of ocular diseases and disorders.
OPTS 2341 - Ophthalmic Techniques (2-4)
- use proper telephone and patient skills to communicate information and to solicit pertinent information;
- obtain and record patients' information to complete an accurate medical history;
- perform various diagnostic tests using ophthalmic equipment and instruments to assist the eye practitioner in assessing visual abnormalities;
- assist the eye physician in the performance of eye examinations and treatments.
OPTS 1309 - Ophthalmic Laboratory I (2-4)
- mark-up, block, and edge single vision and multi-focal lenses;
- make patterns for use in the edging process;
- apply impact resistance processes to glass lenses;
- tint, insert, and inspect finished spectacles applying American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and other accepted standards;
- repair metal and plastic frames.
OPTS 1305 - Geometric Optics (3-0)
- discuss the history of the study of optics;
- describe the nature of the electromagnetic spectrum and the light relationship of colors and energy levels to wave lengths;
- calculate for image size, position, nature, and orientation using the mirror and thin lens formula;
- calculate for and trace light rays as they pass through prisms and lenses.
OPTS 1501 - Ophthalmic Dispensing (4-3)
- obtain various facial and frame measurements using standard measuring devices;
- describe various frame and lens types and materials and their uses, advantages, and disadvantages;
- assists patients/clients in the selection of frames and lenses;
- fill laboratory order forms;
- check, and properly adjust eyewear;
- utilize lens focimeters, gauges, and clocks to ascertain power, axis, major (prism) reference positions, center and edge thicknesses, and prism for single-vision and multi-focal lenses.
OPTS 1315 - Basic Contact Lenses (2-2)
- list major contributors, materials, and designs involved in the historical development of contact lenses;
- describe basic contact lens design and terminology;
- utilize contact lens instruments, tools, and gauges used to determine lens parameters;
- list general fitting requisites, philosophies, and rules for fitting contact lenses;
- utilize known materials and techniques to clean, disinfect, and sterilize contact lenses.
OPTS 2345 - Advanced Ophthalmic Techniques (2-4)
- scrub, prep a patient, and set up surgical trays for various surgical procedures;
- identify ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical instruments used in ophthalmic surgery;
- gown, glove, and identify areas of sterilization in an operating room setting;
- assist the eye physician in the performance of preoperative tests.
OPTS 2531 - Advanced Ophthalmic Dispensing (5-1)
- list and discuss inherent lens aberrations and methods used to minimize these when fitting higher powered prescriptions;
- calculate for total percentage magnification and determine percent changes when redesigning a required lens;
- list, discuss, and compare inherent impact resistance of various lens materials;
- describe the physiological and psychological effects of spectacle lens use;
- discuss low vision optical and non-optical aids used to enhance the visual performance of partially sighted persons.
OPTS 1349 - Ophthalmic Laboratory II (2-4)
- use surfacing formulas, charts, and computer programs to determine the necessary surfacing information;
- use standard ophthalmic surfacing machines and instruments to block, grind, fire, and polish plastic lenses;
- apply required and accepted procedures to minimize and eliminate potentially dangerous machine operations and agents;
- adhere to local, state, and national guidelines with respect to disposal of all surfacing wastes;
- maintain and calibrate machines and instruments.
OPTS 2335 - Advanced Contact Lenses (2-2)
- utilize fitting criteria to evaluate the fit of soft, rigid, spherical, and toric contact lenses;
- use and match lens care and storage solutions with the proper contact lens material and symptomatology;
- recognize symptomatology of adverse contact lens wear and explain refitting techniques for these conditions;
- list and explain therapeutic and cosmetic contact lens application;
- recognize and describe problematic conditions and solutions with contact lens wearers having aphakia, keratoconus, and presbyopia.
OPTS 2166 - Ophthalmic Practicum I (0-7)
- operate and maintain an optical dispensary and laboratory;
- perform all necessary measurements for eyeglass ordering;
- record eyeglass order;
- fabricate and dispense eyeglasses;
- maintain a patient record system.
OPTS 1219 - Ophthalmic Office Procedures (2-0)
- maintain a professional attitude while attending to customers and patients;
- maintain, store, and retrieve patient files and records;
- list and complete various government and other insurance claim forms;
- list and describe local, state, and national safety regulations applicable to the optical industry;
- discuss and demonstrate professional ethics.
OPTS 2266 - Ophthalmic Practicum II (1-30) (8 weeks)
- interact with fellow ophthalmic professionals and patients in the workplace;
- think critically regarding vision care by using situation analysis and problem solving techniques.